Join PPA’s campaign to increase graduate pharmacists’ pay by 30%


Pharmacists are Australia’s lowest paid graduates.

An intern pharmacist in a community pharmacy earns only $2 more than an entry level retail worker, despite the years of study, HECS debt, personal liability, and ongoing registration costs.

Professional Pharmacists Australia has been campaigning for improvements to pharmacists pay and conditions for many years, and in 2019, was successful in arguing for a 5% pay increase under the pharmacy award.


This was an important win for pharmacists but 5% isn’t enough.

As a result of PPA’s campaigning, the Fair Work Commission has agreed to conduct a review of the award for graduate pharmacists. We’re expecting that review to take place in February 2022. We’re preparing our case for 30% increase to the graduate pharmacy pay. This will reflect the study, training, ongoing professional development requirements, skills and expertise of graduate pharmacists, and is also a reflection of the increasingly significant role pharmacists play in our healthcare sector.

We’re confident a 30% increase , lifting the minimum rate by $7.50 per hour from $24.97 to $32.47 will modernise the pay conditions of graduate pharmacists. This will help attract high school students to pharmacy, attract graduate pharmacists to pharmacy as a profession and retain existing young pharmacists in the industry.

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